Wecker Gets Preseason Honors

Kansas State's Kendra Wecker was tabbed as preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches released Tuesday.


WECKER TABBED PRESEASON BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Kansas State's Kendra Wecker was tabbed as preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches released Tuesday.

Wecker, a 5-foot-11 senior forward from Marysville, Kan., is a preseason Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year candidate. She is a two-time third team Associated Press All-American and first team All-Big 12 selection. Wecker currently ranks second all-time at K-State in career scoring (1,724 points), third all-time in career rebounding (795) and second all-time in career double-doubles (36).

Last season, Wecker played and started in all 31 games of the season averaging 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She finished ranked fifth in both scoring and rebounding in the Big 12 and second in scoring in league games only (17.4 ppg). Wecker was selected to the preseason All-Big 12 Team along with Baylor's Sophia Young and the Texas trio of Tiffany Jackson, Heather Schreiber and Jamie Carey.

Teammates Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney were named to the preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention list. Koehn, a 5-foot-8 senior guard from Hesston, Kan., is currently K-State's and the Big 12's all-time leader in three-point field goals made (294). She was an All-Big 12 second team selection a year ago, while Mahoney received honorable mention honors. Mahoney, a 6-foot forward/guard from Sturgis, S.D., currently ranks second all-time at K-State in career assists (483).

Last year, Wecker, Koehn and Mahoney led the Wildcats (25-6) to their first conference title since 1987 and third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. K-State was picked third in last week's preseason Big 12 coaches poll.

2004-05 BIG 12 CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES PRESEASON TEAM

Preseason Player of the Year Kendra Wecker, Kansas State, F, 5-11, Sr., Marysville, Kan. (Marysville HS)

Preseason Newcomers of the Year

Daria Mieloszynska, Texas, F, 6-2, Jr., Poznan, Poland (Illinois Central Junior College) Patrice Edwards, Texas Tech, C, 6-6, So., Trinidad-Tobago, West Indies (Frank Phillips College)

Preseason Freshman of the Year

Stephanie McGhee, Oklahoma, G/F, 6-0, Fr., Howe, Okla. (Howe HS)

Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Name, School Pos. Ht. Cl-Exp PPG RPG Hometown (Previous School)

Kendra Wecker, Kansas State F 5-11 Sr.-3L 16.8 8.1 Marysville, Kan. (Marysville HS)

Tiffany Jackson, Texas F 6-3 So.-1L 13.0 7.5 Dallas, Texas (Duncanville HS)
Sophia Young, Baylor F 6-1 Jr.-2L 16.7 8.6 St. Vincent, West Indies (Evangel Academy)
Heather Schreiber, Texas F 6-2 Sr.-3L 12.9 5.8 Windthorst, Texas (Windthorst HS)
Jamie Carey, Texas G 5-6 Sr.-2L 10.7 2.0 Thornton, Colo. (Horizon HS)

PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Baylor: Steffanie Blackmon; Iowa State: Anne O'Neil; Kansas State: Laurie Koehn,
Megan Mahoney;Oklahoma: Dionnah Jackson; Texas Tech: Erin Grant, Alesha Robertson

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